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Christian Pilgrims Stand with Israel 'Because the Bible Says So'

Christian Pilgrims Stand with Israel 'Because the Bible Says So' Read Transcript

CHRIS MITCHELL: They came from the ends of the earth

for the six day celebration.

It's the invitation of Zechariah the prophet,

in chapter 14 verse 16 of the book of Zechariah.

He envisions a time when all the nations will come up,

celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem,

worship the Lord here, and were like forerunners.

More than 5,000 Christians in nearly 100 nations,

came here on opening night to proudly stand with Israel

and celebrate the biblical Feast of Tabernacles.

Then the end of the day it's God's faithfulness

that has established, for almost 40 years now,

this international gathering of the body

of Christ in a unique way, that you can't find anywhere else.

CHRIS MITCHELL: The International Christian Embassy

Jerusalem sponsors this celebration.

The organization started in 1980,

after 13 countries moved their embassies from Jerusalem

to Tel Aviv, protesting Israel's declaration of the city

as its eternal capital.

Israel's victory in the 1967 Six-Day War,

made that possible by uniting Jerusalem,

so this is a special year for the Feast.

And what's really exciting, it's

a Jubilee year for Jerusalem.

We're marking 50 years, since the city of Jerusalem

was reunited back under Jewish sovereignty.

CHRIS MITCHELL: More than half of those celebrating

are first-timers.

We're part of a 26 strong [INAUDIBLE] delegation,

and we're here to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

And we're about to be registered as a nation with ICEJ,

for the first time ever.

Early on this year, God asked me

to come to represent the Nation of Sanwal,

so I brought a team of 20 people.

So we're here happily from the ends of the earth.

CHRIS MITCHELL: And we ask why they stand strongly

with Israel.

It's the biggest proof that God is alive.

You have the Jews coming back, you have the land flourishing.

Because the Bible says so.

Israel has given to many nations.

They've been a blessing to a lot of nations around the world.

It's time to pay it back.

Jews are the God's chosen nation,

and you don't want to go against God, that's all I can say.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Chris Mitchell, the Pais Arena, Jerusalem.


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